Available Until 5/19/2028

Learning to Liaise with Health Professions

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Saturday, May 19 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $265 (nonmember: $490)

Attendance maximum: 25

Beyond medicine and nursing, health professions programs are growing rapidly and in a multitude of disciplines, each with their own distinct standards and cultures of practice. This hands-on, interactive course will facilitate attendees’ exploration of health professions and education programs through guided activities. Instructors will facilitate a group discussion to help participants compare and contrast health professions, as well as identify interprofessional opportunities. Finally, the instructors will provide time for participants to reflect, plan, and collaborate on ways implement their knowledge upon return to their institution.  Throughout the session, the instructors will share best practices from the literature and personal experience when working with health professions programs. Additional benefits of the course including identifying other colleagues working with similar health professions programs, allowing for the development of a peer network among librarians working with similar programs.

Note: Attendees are required to bring a laptop computer or other device with WiFi capability to participate in interactive activities.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course attendees will be able to:

  • describe the different professional roles, requirements, and academic environments of allied health in order to adapt library services and resources;
  • explain the relationship between health profession certification, academic program accreditation, library instruction, and collection development; and
  • develop strategies for engaging with allied health departments.



David Nolfi, AHIPDavid Nolfi, AHIP, is the Health Sciences Librarian & Library Assessment Coordinator at Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library. He leads instruction, collection development, and research assistance efforts for the allied health, nursing, and pharmacy schools and the library’s assessment committee. He serves as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and previously served as chair of the university’s faculty grievance committee and co-chair of the university learning outcomes assessment committee. Prior to joining Duquesne’s faculty, David worked as a medical librarian with additional responsibilities for planning and marketing continuing medical education activities at The Washington Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Carolyn SchubertCarolyn Schubert is the Health Sciences & Nursing Librarian at James Madison University. She has worked with Nursing and Health Profession programs for over six years. Carolyn received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  Her current research interests include examining the clinical and academic information environments, assessing undergraduate information literacy, and teaching health informatics.

MLA CE Credits: 4